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The International Helmholtz Research School on Biophysics and Soft Matter (BioSoft) provides intense training in Biophysics and Soft Matter and a comprehensive framework of experimental and theoretical tools that will enable Ph.D. students to gain a deeper understanding of the structure, dynamics, and function of complex systems, in particular those related to living systems.


Dr. Dirk Aarts
Dept.of Physical Chemistry, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Experiments on rod-like particles in confinement

Prof. Kyung Hyun Ahn
School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

Shear-rate concentration coupling instability of spheres

Prof. Dr. Olegario Alarcon-Waess
Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexiko

Statistical mechanics of rod like colloids in external fields

Prof. Dr. Adolfo J. Banchio
FaMAF, National University of Cordoba, Argentina

Theory and Stokesian Dynamics simulation of charge-stabilized colloids

Prof. Dr. Henri Bataller
University of Pau, France

  • Refractive index increment measurements at high pressures
  • Diffusion and themal diffusion in ternary mixtures (ESA project DCMIX at SODI on the ISS)

Dr. Mounir Bou-Ali
MGEP Mondragon, Spain

Thermal diffusion measurements of binary mixtures: Comparison of different instruments and new developments (DAAD PPP)

Prof. Dr. Fernando Bresme
Imperial College, London, United Kingdom

Novel thermo-molecular effects at nanoscale interfaces: from nanoparticles to molecular motors (EPSRC project)

Prof. Dr. Wim. J. Briels
Dept. of Physics, Computational Biophysics, University of Twente, the Netherlands

Properties of suspensions of rod-like colloids

Prof. Dr. R. Castaneda-Priego, Dr. C. Contreras-Aburto
University of Guanajuatio, Mexico

Electrokinetic properties of asymmetric electrolytes

Prof. Dr. Bogdan Cichocki, Maciej Lisicki
Institute of Theoretical Physics, Warsaw University, Poland

  • (Hydro-) dynamics of permeable particles dispersions
  • Hydrodynamics in quasi-two-dimensional colloidal systems
  • Near wall dynamics of colloidal suspensions

Prof. Dr. Zvonimir Dogic
Martin A. Fisher School of Physics, Brandeis University, Waltham, USA

Theory and experiments on complex fluids and biological physics

Prof. Dr. Stefan Egelhaaf
Condensed Matter Laboratory, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany

Phase Behavior of Lysozyme: Effect of Additives (joint experimental-theoretical Project )

Prof. Dr. Maria Ekiel-Jezewska
Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

  •     (Hydro-) dynamics of permeable particles dispersions
  •     Hydrodynamics in quasi-tow-dimensional colloidal systems

Dr. Eric Grelet
Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, CNRS, Pessac, France

Experiments on functionalized liquid crystals

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Grübel
HASYLAB at DESY, Hamburg, Germany

Diffusion and x-ray Scattering from charged Colloids (joint experimental-theoretical Project )

Prof. Dr. U. Jonas, Dr. Veronique Schwartz
Universität Siegen, Germany

Self-assembly of DNA-based biohybrid block copolymers

Prof. Dr. Rio Kita
Tokai University, Hiratsuka, Japan

Thermophoreisis of water aqueous polymer solutions

Dr. Dzina Kleshchanok
Van 't Hoff Laboratory for Physical & Colloid Chemistry, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Depletion forces induced by disc-shaped colloids

Dr. Joachim Kohlbrecher
Labor für Neutronenstreuung, Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen, Switzerland

  • High pressure SANS on colloidal suspensions
  • Diffusive wave spectroscopy of colloidal suspensions under high pressure
  • Small angle neutron scattering

Prof. Dr. Werner Köhler
Universität Bayreuth, Germany

  • Thermal gradients in simple and complex mixtures
  • Diffusion and thermal diffusion in ternary mixtures (ESA project DCMIX at SODI on the ISS)

Prof. Dr. Christos Likos
University of Vienna, Austria

Self-assembly of DNA-dendrimers at bulk and interfaces 

Dr. Benoit Loppinet
IESL-FORTH, Crete, Heraklion

Evanescente wave light scattering from particles under flow

Prof. Dr. Jutta Luettmer-Strathmann
Institute of Physics, University Akron, Ohio, USA

Lattice calculations of the thermal diffusion behaviour of mixtures consisting of chain-like molecules (joint experimental-theoretical project)

Prof. Dr. Dan Luo
Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

Engineering DNA dendrimers

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Manneville
Laboratoire de Physique, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France

Experiments on shear induced transitions

Prof. Dr. Thomas Palberg
Institut für Physik, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany

Superheterodyne dynamic light scattering from driven systems: theory and experiment

Prof. Dr. Adam Patkowski, Dr. Jacek Gapinski
Institute of Physics, A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

  • Dynamics of Charge-stabilized Collodial Suspensions (joint experimental-theoretical project
  • Tracer diffusion through entangled networks of rod-like colloids
  • XPCS experiments on charge-stabilized colloidal suspensions
  • Dynamic light scattering experiments under high pressure
  • Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy under high pressures and temperatures

Prof. Dr. Albert Philipse
Van 't Hoff Laboratory for Physical & Colloid Chemistry, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Near wall dynamics of colloidal rods under shear

Prof. Dr. Walter Richtering
IPC, RWTH Aachen

Dynamics of microgel suspensions

Prof. Dr. Erik Reimhult
Department of Nanobiotechnology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria

Interaction potentials of S-layer proteins

Prof. Koichiro Sadakane
Department of Physics, Ritsumeikan University, Japan.

Microphase separation of thermotropic  antagonic salts

Prof. Dr. Paul van der Schoot
Dept. of Physics, Technical University Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Theory of complex fluids

Prof. Dr. Frank Schreiber
Institut für Angewandte Physik, Universität Tübingen, Germany

Crowding Effects in Protein Solutions(joint experimental-theoretical Project )

Prof. Dr. Valentina Shevtsova
University of Brussels, Belgium

Diffusion and thermal diffusion in ternary mixtures (ESA project DCMIX at SODI on the ISS)

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Thomas Sottmann; Prof. Dr. Reinhard Strey
Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Universität Stuttgart, Universität zu Köln

Soret effect in surfactant systems and microemulsions (joint experimental DFG project)

Prof. Samuel Sprunt
Department of Physics, Kent State University, Ohio, United States

Self-assembly of DNA-liquid crystalline ordering

Prof. Dr. Anna Stradner, Prof. Dr. Peter Schurtenberger
Physical Chemistry Department, University of Lund, Sweden

Phase behavior of colloids and their response to external fields

Dr. Bernd Struth
Desy, Hamburg, Germany

Small angle X-ray scattering

Prof. Dr. Jan Vermant, Dr. Naveen Krishna Reddy
Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

  • Experiments on rheology and structure of colloidal dispersions
  • Structure formation in shear flow both in interfaces and three dimensions
  • Measurement of the hydrodynamic aspect ratio of gold nanoparticles

Prof. Dr. Dimitris Vlassopoulos
IESL-FORTH, Crete, Heraklion

Shear banding due to polymer entanglements

Prof. Dr. Matthias Wessling, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Blümich
RWTH Aachen, Germany

Membrane filtration and fractionation of microgel suspensions

Prof. Dr. José Ortiz de Zárate
University of Madrid, Spain

Diffusion and thermal diffusion in ternary mixtures (ESA project DCMIX at SODI on the ISS)